How is a hearing test for a baby is done?
It is done in the hospital before the baby is discharged home, by baby’s bedside, in a quiet setting, using a machine to perform a hearing screening. Some leads will be placed at the baby’s forehead and back of the ears, as well as earplugs in both ears for the screening. It will take 15 to 20 minutes to test both ears, and the results are either “Pass” or “Refer”. For babies with the “Refer” result, their parents will be given an appointment date to bring them in for an audiological diagnostic assessment. The appointment date should be within 1 month, or no later than 3 months of age.